This past Saturday night, we had the first gathering of our new monthly series called Align. We gathered to celebrate the last few days of the month of Shvat since we'll be focusing on Joy and the month of Adar at our next gathering on March 2. We learned about the wheel of the Jewish year, seasons, cycles, and circles. Everyone had a chance to set intentions for what we want to bring into our lives through an art meditation and creating mandalas. We announced and blessed the upcoming month with our hopes and wishes that we manifested in our art work.
We welcome the new Hebrew month of Adar today and tomorrow with the holiday of Rosh Chodesh. It's a leap year in the Jewish calendar this year which means we have two months of Adar. Though the Jewish calendar follows the lunar cycle meaning we count a day as nightfall to nightfall, and each new month starts on the new moon, the calendar is also semi-solar. This means that certain holidays have to occur at their appointed season, rooted to our ancient agricultural calendar e.g. Sukkot must be in the fall and Passover in the spring. If you noticed that the Jewish holidays are on the early side, it's likely we'll have an extra month of Adar in order to even things out so that Passover doesn't occur too early. We have a leap year (or extra month) 7 times every 19 years, or every few years.
Each new moon and each new month is an opportunity for reflection, learning, and checking in with ourselves. According to Jewish wisdom traditions, each month has a theme. The month of Adar is all about cultivating joy, as the Talmud teaches, "when the month of Adar arrives, joy increases." With two months of Adar, we have an extra opportunity to cultivate joy. Next month, called Adar II (Adar Bet or Adar 2), I'll share more about how we might increase joy in our lives.
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